Docter and Murray accepted the award together and acknowledged Powers by holding up an iPad and sharing a prerecorded speech from him.
The Soul campaign and Powers’ reps were only told that he was a nominee on Sunday afternoon.
The last time a best animated film Golden Globe winner had a co-director, that person — Adrian Molina, for Pixar’s Coco — was not considered a nominee or winner, even though the rules were worded exactly the same as they are this year: “The best motion picture award for the animated category is given to the accredited director(s) and the individual producer(s) accredited by the Producers Guild of America for that motion picture.”
The HFPA, which has been embattled over the past week following a Los Angeles Times piece that revealed it has zero Black journalists among its 87 members, did not respond to a request for clarification about what changed.
With this award, Pixar extended its record of animated feature category wins to nine — far more than any other studio. Disney Animation follows with two wins. (The category was awarded for the first time in 2007, when Cars won).
Docter, meanwhile, becomes the first director to win the category three times; he was previously recognized for Up and Inside Out.
The Golden Globe Awards ceremony is produced by Dick Clark Productions, a division of MRC, which is a co-owner of The Hollywood Reporter through a joint venture with Penske Media titled P-MRC.